Tuesday October 10, 2017 is Election Day for dozens of local contest across twenty-six (26) counties in North Carolina. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. Some of the counties included are Burke, Camden, Durham, Wake, and Mecklenburg, specifically for Charlotte City Council District 5 run-off. Some of the offices up for grabs in these local counties include Mayor, City Council At Large, and Town Commissioner.
While historically voter turn-out in Municipal Elections is dismally disappointing, with less than 8% turn-out in September Charlotte Primaries that included the Charlotte Mayoral Election, Wake County is setting the bar for better beginnings in the 2018 Midterms. According to a North Carolina State Board of Elections representative, more than 10k Wake County citizens voted early in the Municipal Elections this year. He added, “That is more than three times (3X) just 2 years prior”. The representative also mentioned during a conversation, there were five (5) more polling places this year, for a total of 7 locations for voters to chose from. That may have certainly played a role in the higher turn out. Bringing to mind a famous quote from the 1989 film, ‘Field of Dreams’ staring Kevin Costner, “If you build it, he (they) will come”. Well, if that is at least part of the reason for an increase in voter turn-out, keep building.
Citizens, clear your calendars and make room to inject your civic deed of the day with a vote for your local candidate of choice. As always, enjoy the privilege of voting.
- List of Contest found at North Carolina State Board Of Elections
- Where to Vote, find your polling place at North Carolina State Board Of Elections Look-Up
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